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7 Quick Planning Tips For Disney World First-Timers

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So, you’re thinking about a trip to Walt Disney World.  If you’re new to the Disney planning game, then knowing where to dive in and what bases should be covered can be a bit of a daunting process.  To help set you off on the right Disney-planning path, here are 7 of our Quick Tips to get you started.

1. Learn the ropes with a Disney planning video-  The Walt Disney Travel Company has a series of online planning videos that are perfect for a brief overview of all of the exciting elements that go into making your magical Disney vacation.  Here you’ll find a rundown of theme parks, resorts and all of the fantastic perks you get when booking a Walt Disney World resort stay (we’ll talk more about that in a minute).  The videos can be found here: https://www.disneyplanning.com/destinations/.

2. Consider staying onsite – If there’s one thing that first-time planners tend to debate about the most its whether there’s an advantage to staying onsite or off.  Though off-site resorts may offer the best room rates, there’s a lot of amazing perks to staying at Walt Disney World resort that may make it a better option.  From parking, free transportation to the parks and a free airport shuttle service, you’re drastically cutting down on costs, gas and travel times, which may make the $20 a night you’d be saving by staying offsite suddenly not such a bargain. You also get added benefits like Extra Magic Hours where the park opens early or stays open late for the exclusive use of resort guests and the ability to book your Fastpasses and make those dining reservations ahead of the crowd.  Disney also offers a wide range of options from the more economical value and moderate resorts to the exquisite Deluxe and Deluxe Villa properties. There’s something for all families and all budgets.  To find out more about the benefits of staying onsite check out this article.

3. Get up to Speed On Best Times of Year To Visit –  If you’re trying to fit your Walt Disney Vacation around busy school schedules and or public holidays then chances are your dates are pretty limited.  However, for those with quite a bit of flexibility, its good to do a bit of research.  Sometimes of the year are better than others when it comes to visit Walt Disney World.  Whether you prefer to visit during months where the crowds are lower or want to go when the biggest discounts might be offered, with a little bit of research you can start to narrow in on options that will be the best fit.  Here’s a couple of resources that might help:

4. Consider working with a Disney-focused travel agent – Does the thought of keeping track of all those important Disney details make you feel a bit frazzled? Then it may be worth getting in touch with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner.  A good Disney travel agent can help you with everything from finding your perfect resort, helping you nab the best discounts (even after you’ve booked), will keep track of important Disney dates and can even make Fastpass and Dining Reservations on your behalf.   Best of all (and something a lot of first-time planners don’t realize) their services are absolutely FREE.  Disney pays your Travel Agent so that you don’t have to and there are no hidden costs or fees! Consider it a little extra bit of pixie dust.  To find out more fill out our form below to receive your free quote from Mickey Travels, the preferred agency of Chip and Co and Disney Addicts.

5. Make planning a family affair.  One of the first things you’ll do once your vacation has been booked is set up your My Disney Experience Account.  My Disney Experience will be the dashboard for all of the fantastic things you’ll get to plan as part of your Disney getaway.  Here you can do everything from picking the colors for your MagicBands to make dining and Fastpass reservations.  You’ll also find handy information on rides, attractions, tours, special events, and character meet and greets.  Whenever we book a trip as a family we like to schedule a time to sit down together and go through all of the Disney details.  It’s a great way to get excited about the adventure that awaits.  Get started at startyourmydisneyexperience.com

6. Keep track of important Disney dates.  Whether your book on your own or through an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, it pays to keep a list of all of your important Disney dates.  From advanced dining and Fastpass booking windows to final payments and online check-in, it can seem like there’s a lot to remember.  But here at Disney Addicts we’re committed to keeping you on the right track.  Check out this article for important dates to remember.

7. Stay in the know.  Walt Disney World is a busy place and it seems like every week they’ll be something new added to the mix whether its a restaurant cropping up in Disney Springs, a new late-night fireworks display or the opening of new attractions like the upcoming Toy Story and Star Wars lands.  To make sure that you are able to take advantage of all of the amazing things a Disney vacation has to offer, check in with Disney news sites.  Our sister site Chip and Co is a fantastic resource when it comes to the latest Disney travel news and information.

Thinking about a visit to Disney? Click here for your FREE no obligation quote or fill out the form at the bottom of this page!

Find articles like this helpful? Then why not consider booking with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner? As an agent with MickeyTravels, I’ll be on hand to help you with everything from finding your perfect package to sharing tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your time at Disneyland.  Best of all, my services are absolutely FREE. Get in touch at 1.800.801.4025, via email at mroden@mickeytravels.com or follow along on Facebook

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Melissa Roden
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Melissa Roden

Agent Specializing in Disney Holidays at MickeyTravels
Melissa is a Disney-loving mom who can often be found at the parks with her six year old daughter.  When not euphorically eating a Dole Whip at Walt Disney World, Melissa enjoys helping others plan their magical vacations with MickeyTravels and sharing her Disney knowledge at Chip and Co. and Disney Addicts. Follow along on Facebook or Twitter.
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